Skill Building



Field Your Position

The Little League in Georgia selected my six-year-old godson to play in the All-Star team, and I was excited to attend the final game. Not only did the coach ensure each child had a turn to bat, but he also allowed each child to man a different position on the field throughout the course of the...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


How to say no to your boss

Is it appropriate to say no to your boss when he or she asks you to do something, or to take on a new project? First, let me tell you that it is indeed ok to say no to your boss. However, you have to say it in a specific way and only under certain situations. Otherwise, it can hurt your career....



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!-Manage

An important thing that we learned to do in academia is manage how we use our time.  We are able to manage the amount of time that we allocate to any one activity.  It was probably something that we learned to do during graduate school or during our postdoctoral work.  It was what all...



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!

Together, we have learned that there are transferable skills that we can take from our academic space to work in pharma.  I hope that we have learned about the importance of our ability to communicate, be resourceful, have energy, analyze work, and manage the work and expectations.  Unders...



Even Scientists Have Business Skills (they just don’t realize it!)

It’s a common misconception that acquiring the skills and talents necessary to move beyond the bench, or any position you find mundane, requires formal training or first leaving said bench. There are skills many of you are developing in your current role. There are skills many of you could de...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Using Our Social Skills to Advance Our Career

If someone ask me what would be the best piece of advice I can give to a recent graduate who is about to start his/her first job, I would have to say: “make sure your social skills are impeccable”. I have blogged about this topic in the past but this time I want to look at it from a different...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Getting a job with “no experience”

Finding that first job after we finish our academic training is not as easy as it sounds. These days, we all know that the amount of individuals qualified for a job is very high while the amount of available jobs is very low. To make things worse, when we do find a job that we want to apply to,...


Robert Cory

Giving Your Research Presentation

Presenting your research well is critical to being a successful scientist.  If you’re a good presenter, you’ll be able to get people excited about your research, which may lead to collaborations, funding, awards, and jobs.  Now that you know how to prepare your presentation from my pre...



Scientist or Businessperson??

My name is Hamilton Lenox, and welcome to my first blog on Bio Careers.  When I was first approached and asked to contribute to the site, I readily agreed, in the hopes that I could potentially offer some insights that will help others who are just starting their careers, or those looking for a...



Transferrable Skills for Your Resume, CV, or Next Job Application

When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture. You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let...